Charlotte Pride is the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. We present and collaborate on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Latinx Pride, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Women’s Pride, and Reel Out Charlotte, The Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival, among others. 

We are now accepting applications for open positions for all year-round Charlotte Pride Volunteer Opportunities! These applications are opportunities for folks to engage in long-term volunteer work beyond volunteering at the festival and parade weekend itself! 

THE PLANNING COMMITTEE & PROGRAM TEAMS

The Festival & Parade Planning Committee is composed of our team coordinators who oversee vital areas of the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade. The Charlotte Pride staff oversee and work closely with the committee. The committee holds a monthly Team Huddle when all team coordinators meet to discuss the planning and execution of events and activities for the festival and parade. 

The Charlotte Pride Program Teams (Latinx Pride, Trans Pride, Women’s Pride, and Reel Out Charlotte) are comprised of volunteers who share a particular passion for our Latinx, Trans, Women’s communities or LGBTQ cinema. These Program Leads will work closely with staff to execute and develop existing and new programming to uplift the Charlotte community. 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Read the general expectations and requirements for volunteer team leaders
    • Peruse the listing of open team positions
    • Use the “Show More” and “Show Less” buttons to help you navigate the listings
    • Click on the “Apply Now” button to apply for the position 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

7/24 — Applications open
9/14 — Applications close
9/28 — Applicants notified, and all interviews scheduled
10/12 — Final applicant notifications
Mid-November (tentative) — First organization-wide Team Huddle 

ABOUT THE PROCESS

This process is to help us identify new leaders, voices, and skills to help increase the impact that we can make on our community together. We believe our volunteers are among the best hard-working and committed volunteers in the world!  

Before any community member takes on a leadership role, we want you to be aware of the work and time you’ll be expected to volunteer with the organization. The descriptions of our team coordinator roles and this application and interview process will help you make the best decision on where your time and talent can best be used.  

Be sure you have completely reviewed the description and time commitment expectations of the role for which you are applying. 

Have questions? Feel free to email the Charlotte Pride staff at staff@charlottepride.org. 

Who should apply?

Our volunteer teams are comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds, talents, and skillsets. This can be your first volunteer experience ever or you can have worked with a variety of organizations for years. 

We encourage applications from a diversity of community members, particularly encouraging people of color and trans and gender-diverse people. 

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS FOR TEAM COORDINATORS & PROGRAM TEAMS

  • Regularly communicate with staff, board members, and other team members and volunteers through Charlotte Pride-provided email addresses
  • Attend our Team Huddles held monthly
  • Attend or volunteer at 5 Charlotte Pride events throughout the year not including the festival and parade
  • Be present at Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade from Friday through Sunday to complete individual duties or act as an accessory to teams with additional work
  • Meet monthly with staff throughout year and more frequent as event draws close
  • Be available to work between 3 – 5 hours a week on assigned tasks or with staff

OPEN TEAM COORDINATOR POSITIONS & APPLICATIONS

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: A person comfortable working with people from diverse and varying backgrounds and viewpoints. This person has a passion for intentional, people-focused work and is comfortable guiding and mentoring new and up-and-coming leaders. This person has the time and energy to commit to a long-term volunteer role. 

Description: The Volunteer Coordinator(s) will work with the Charlotte Pride board and staff to develop active, thoughtful community outreach to further expand the volunteer network of Charlotte Pride. This coordinator(s) will complete outreach activities to possible partner organizations, develop volunteer events and socials, and ensure proper orientation and follow-up with new volunteers. This is an important, year-round role allowing our organization to grow and expand with the addition of new volunteers, leaders, ideas and opinions. This coordinator is expected to attend and help identify volunteers for all major events of the organization and connect interested individuals to appropriate volunteer opportunities which match their interests and skills. 

 

VIP COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: An individual comfortable liaising with business and professional partners, passionate about fundraising, and attentive to hospitality work. This individual will be excited to execute an exclusive unique experience for our VIP guests. 

Description: The VIP Coordinator is tasked with planning, overseeing and managing all the components of the Charlotte Pride VIP Experience. This coordinator will oversee a committee of volunteers who will work with staff to ensure all deliverables and deadlines are met, in compliance with the requests and requirements of the VIP Experience presenting sponsor, Operations and Entertainment Teams, and VIP lounge host space. Essential areas of oversight and tasks, in tandem with Charlotte Pride staff, include coordination of VIP lounge set-up and clean-up, VIP catering, beverage service, gift bags, ticketing, and marketing. 

 

FESTIVAL ZONE COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: A person with extraordinary attention to detail and comfortable with managing large databases with a variety of shifting elements. This individual needs to have the ability to set a regular schedule of hours with the Charlotte Pride team for applicant evaluation and must treat all applicants in a fair, courteous manner. 

Description: This Coordinator role will involve working closely with Charlotte Pride staff to evaluate, organize, and select vendors for the Charlotte Pride festival. This Coordinator will serve as the primary point of contact for all vendor questions and concerns, will communicate regular updates with applicants and approved vendors, and work with the Operations Team to develop the festival map. Additionally, this volunteer will assist in the development of new and improved check-in/check-out processes for vendors. 

 

PARADE COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: An individual who is willing to go above and beyond in a volunteer role, with an attentive, professional work ethic, who enjoys rising to challenge, and finding solutions to complex and logistical obstacles. This person relishes the opportunity to create something exciting, engaging, and sustainable for our community, while understanding and valuing the intensive time commitment that it will take to oversee the operational, logistical, and creative components of the Charlotte Pride Parade. As a key volunteer position, this individual is expected to have a professional or educational background that is relevant to the coordination of large-scale event planning and management. 

Description: The Parade Coordinator will be tasked with managing the parade line-up, parade staging, and outreach to parade participants. In coordination with staff, this coordinator will assist in the creation of the parade guide and playbook, including development of best practices for parade check-in and staging, participant organization and line-up. This coordinator will also assist staff in developing new best practices for the management of the parade grandstand. Additionally, this individual will oversee a committee of volunteers tasked with helping to plan and execute the parade, with a focus on parade staging, parade route crowd control and management of the de-staging area. 

 

INTERFAITH COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: An individual passionate about the role of LGBTQ-inclusive and -affirming faith communities in the greater Charlotte community. This person values and respects the various faith traditions without prejudice and prioritizes the contributions of often underrepresented religious and ethnic communities. 

Description: The Interfaith Coordinator is tasked with planning each year’s Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service, including coordination with staff on identifying a host congregation, marketing needs, and programmatic development. This person will also oversee a committee of volunteers and prioritize intentional outreach to underrepresented faith groups (e.g., Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and others). In addition to the Interfaith Service, this individual will also coordinate once-quarterly events either hosted by Charlotte Pride or in partnership with other community organizations. 

 

ARTS & CULTURE / FLOURISH COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: A sociable individual who has connections or is willing to put in the work to develop connections with artistic, cultural, academic, and performance organizations in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. This person is willing to develop community audition events to identify talent for Flourish and entertainment stages at the festival and complete outreach to potential participants in a timely, proactive manner. 

Description: The Flourish Coordinator will be working with local entertainers, performers and arts and culture groups to develop a line-up of interesting, unique talent and content to showcase inside of the Bechtler Museum during the Charlotte Pride. This coordinator needs to have relationships with arts and cultural organizations throughout the community, a passion for artistic and cultural performance and education, and the ability to courteously manage volunteers and participants leading up to and during the event. 

 

PRIDE WEEK EVENTS COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: Hyper-organized person with a talent for balancing a variety of details, including dates, schedules, and locations for several events. This person should have experience coordinating and planning events and be comfortable in a team environment. 

Description: The Events Coordinator is tasked with helping craft and organize events during the lead-up to Charlotte Pride’s festival and parade. This coordinator will work closely with staff and the planning team to oversee currently scheduled programming and develop new events. The coordinator will also outreach to and serve as the main point of contact for community organizations and businesses to recruit new and continuing participation in Pride Week. The coordinator will assist in the compilation of the final Pride Week calendar. 

 

MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: Detail-oriented individual who has experience or passion for showcasing LGBTQ and allied talents from the stages of Charlotte Pride. This person is comfortable, and confident in developing and coordinating other volunteers, maintaining and enforcing tight stage schedules, and professionally managing artists and entertainers. 

Description: Our Entertainment Team Coordinator will be responsible for working with the board president and staff to coordinate local and national entertainers for the stages of Charlotte Pride. This Coordinator will be expected to assist in the development of the stage guides, run of show documents, and act as stage manager for the main stage of Charlotte Pride throughout the weekend of the festival and parade. This coordinator will also work with staff and the VIP team to coordinate entertainment and meet and greet schedules in the VIP lounge. 

 

COMMUNITY STAGE COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: Detail-oriented individual who has experience or passion for showcasing LGBTQ and allied talents from the stages of Charlotte Pride. This person is comfortable, and confident in developing and coordinating other volunteers, maintaining and enforcing tight stage schedules, and professionally managing artists and entertainers. 

Description: The Community & Karaoke Stage Coordinator will work with the Entertainment Team to identify, plan and schedule artists and entertainers for both the Community and Karaoke Stages at the Charlotte Pride Festival. This individual will also function as the Community Stage Manager, and is expected to oversee artists, DJs, and entertainers at the Community and Karaoke Stages during the event. 

 

BEARBEQUE COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: A person who loves planning fun nightlife events, raising funds for a good cause, is comfortable with adult/mature themes and has a keen eye for organization and schedules. 

Description: Bear-B-Que is an annual nightlife event benefiting the Charlotte Pride Scholarship Program. The event includes a catered barbeque meal, meet-and-greets with adult entertainers and several fundraising components, including event ticket sales, a silent auction, door prizes and merchandise. This coordinator will work closely with staff to plan, promote and staff the event. 

 

WOMEN’S PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: A person comfortable working with people from diverse and varying backgrounds and viewpoints. This person has a passion for intentional, people-focused work and is comfortable guiding and mentoring new and up-and-coming leaders. This person has the time and energy to commit to a long-term volunteer role. This person understands the validity of all women who identify as women, and this person will work to include all women. 

Description: The Women’s Programming Coordinator(s) will work with the Charlotte Pride board and staff to develop active, thoughtful community outreach to further expand the opportunities and network for women-identified folks in Charlotte. This coordinator(s) will complete outreach activities to possible partner organizations, develop events and socials, and create pertinent programming for women. This is an important, year-round role allowing our organization to grow and expand the opportunities for this important intersection of our community.  

 

LATINX PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: A person comfortable working with people from diverse and varying backgrounds and viewpoints. This person has a passion for intentional, people-focused work and is comfortable guiding and mentoring new and up-and-coming leaders. This person has the time and energy to commit to a long-term volunteer role. This person understands the importance of highlighting cultural significance of being Latinx and LGBTQ. 

Description: The Latinx Programming Coordinator(s) will work with the Charlotte Pride board and staff to develop active, thoughtful community outreach to further expand the opportunities and network for Latinx folks in Charlotte. This coordinator(s) will complete outreach activities to possible partner organizations, develop events and socials, and create pertinent programming for Latinx folx. This is an important, year-round role allowing our organization to grow and expand the opportunities for this important intersection of our community. 

 

TRANS PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: A person comfortable working with people from diverse and varying backgrounds and viewpoints. This person has a passion for intentional, people-focused work and is comfortable guiding and mentoring new and up-and-coming leaders. This person has the time and energy to commit to a long-term volunteer role. This person understands the variety of identities that are a part of the trans and gender diverse community. 

Description: The Trans Programming Coordinator(s) will work with the Charlotte Pride board and staff to develop active, thoughtful community outreach to further expand the opportunities and network for trans folx in Charlotte. This coordinator(s) will complete outreach activities to possible partner organizations, develop events and socials, and create pertinent programming for trans folx. This is an important, year-round role allowing our organization to grow and expand the opportunities for this important intersection of our community. 

 

 

FAMILY & YOUTH COORDINATOR 

Ideal volunteer: A person comfortable working with people from diverse and varying backgrounds and viewpoints. This person has a passion for intentional, people-focused work and is comfortable guiding and mentoring new and up-and-coming leaders. This person has the time and energy to commit to a long-term volunteer role. This person has a passion for youth and including their voices in the work of Charlotte Pride. 

Description: 

The Family and Youth Coordinator will work with the Charlotte Pride board and staff to create insightful, inclusive programming that expands the reach and network for young members of our LGBTQ community. Through partnerships with existing organizations, this role will work to create more opportunity for young folks in longstanding Charlotte Pride programs, develop new events, and work to make youth feel include in the festival and parade.